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Yankees fall to Indians

The Yankees scored one run in the ninth on an opposite field homer by Jose Tabata but fell 4-3 against the Indians.

The Phil Hughes line: 1.1 4 3 3 3 0.

Hughes was calm afterward, saying he wasn’t throwing his secondary pitches for strikes. I asked if he learned more from a game like this than he would have if he retired nine batters in a row.

“Without a doubt,” he said. “Better now than when it counts.”

The Yankees will make their next round of cuts on Tuesday and it’s virtually a lock that Hughes will be sent to the minor league camp. The question then will be when we see him again.

In other news: Robinson Cano agreed on a one-year deal worth $490,000. Chien-Ming Wang did not sign a deal and had his contract renewed at just under $500,000. Players with 0-3 years of service time have two choices: accept what the team offers or get renewed at what the team chooses. Traditionally, a player who gets renewed gets $20,000 less. Scott Proctor ($442,000) and Melky Cabrera ($430,000) also agreed to deals. The Yankees, like other teams, have a formula to determine salaries. “We pay more than the rest of industry,” GM Brian Cashman said. “I’m quite comfortable with what we offered.” … Wil Nieves said he felt much better but he will go for further tests tomorrow on his right arm.

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Posted by on March 11, 2007.

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